Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James Cook's Final Expedition
In 1776 when Captain James Cook set off on
his third and final voyage, a crew of intrepid men sailed with him,
including twenty-five-year-old American John Ledyard.
This riveting account based on Ledyard's writings brings
the dramatic events of that historic voyage to life: the discovery of
the Hawaiian Islands by Europeans, the attempts to find the Northwest
Passage along the treacherous Alaskan coast, the precariousness of life
at sea in broken-down ships, and the erratic behavior of Captain Cook.
After the expedition neither Ledyard nor the course of history would
ever be the same.
Historical drawings, maps, a chronology, biographies, source notes, and an index are included.
Reviews and Comments
Selected for inclusion on the New York Library Books for the Teen Age 2003.
"... mainly from the point of view of John Ledyard Š
particular circumstances and distinct personality add an intriguing
perspective to the already interesting story of Cook's last journey. --
School Library Journal
"The narrative, which is sprinkled with maps and
contemporary prints, is capped with biographical sketches of featured
crewmate... . engrossing. -- Booklist
"... a gripping, deftly blended biography of two intersecting lives and the impact the Resolutions's mission had on the indigenous peoples they encountered. -- The Bulletin
"Ample supporting material, including fascinating illustrations and maps." -- New York Times
"[This text] powerfully and evocatively puts readers on
deck as the expedition languishes in the tropics, ... The text is
peppered with excerpts from Cook's journals, as well as those of other
sailors and retrospective accounts by Ledyard and others (all rendered
with 19th-century grammar and spelling intact), and handsomely
illustrated with archival materials." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Based on the shipboard journals of John Ledyard, just 25
when he joined Capt. James Cook's crew to discover the Northwest
Passage in 1776, Laurie Lawlor's Magnificent Voyage: An American
Adventurer on Captain James Cook's Final Expedition is thorough and
engaging." --Publishers Weekly
"Books that might appeal to the younger history buff in
the family include ³Magnificent Voyage² by Laurie Lawlor in
which she details the exploits of Capt. James Cook¹s final
expedition." -- Included in Features Editor, Faye Dasen's column "Faye
Dasen: Audiobooks, Historic Fare for Youngsters" in thepilot.com 12/02/02.
"This book, aimed at young adults, is actually a book
about John Ledyard. Ledyard was the American marine who sailed on
Cook's Third Voyage." -- Cited in the NZ James Cook Journal at pages.quicksilver.net.nz/jcr/~nzjournal11.
Cited on Cathryn M. Mercier's booklist for her presentation "Young Adult Books 2002: Capture the Call" for the Massachusetts School Library Media Association (MSLMA) 28 October 2002.
"This is a riveting account of James Cook's final voyage
from the POV of twenty-five-year-old American John Ledyard.-- a member
of the voyage. Cook was involved in the "discovering" of the Hawaiian
Islands but in this voyage was searching for the Northwest Passage. An
intriguing account filled with history. (middle grades/secondary)" -- McBookwords -- Great Books 2002
Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James Cook's Final Expedition. (2002) Holiday House. ISBN: 0823415759. History
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